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Meet Police Chief Craig Rutledge
Craig Rutledge heads
the Washburn Police force, a group of dedicated officers
charged with keeping the peace in our community. Craig
expresses the importance of working with our schools
in furthering a relationship which is necessary for
fostering the well-being of Washburn area youth.
take this Link to the Illinois State Police site concerning
Missing & Exploited Children cases in our area,
and other important information!
Emergency Calls ~ 911
Non-Emergency Calls ~ (309)
Honor of One of Washburn's Finest
Elias Eljamal served the Washburn Police Force with dignity
and great compassion. He was loved by the young people
of our village as well as the older residents, who knew
him as a concerned friend. He was taken from us
in March of 2004, as a result of a tragic automobile
accident as he returned home from his late-night shift.
His passing shocked
this community to its heart, memorials were spontaneously
left at the door of the Police station. Vigils sprang
up in the parking lot beside the Village Hall, as citizens,
young and old gathered to honor this beloved member
of the force. Memorials flooded the area where the accident
occurred, and the memorial service was marked by a large
attendance of both the young, and all other parts of
the community that his service had touched. Elias's
police duties had included the interaction with the
schools, and his personality was uniquely suited to
this responsibility. It enabled him to establish an
unprecedented rapport with the students, that caused
them to understand exactly, the huge loss that his passing
meant to them.
If you wish to leave a memorial
note about Officer Elias Eljamal, please contact the webmaster
Notes about Elias Eljamal